Vale Bryce Courtenay

By 23 November, 2012 7

The ABC reports that the novelist Bryce Courtenay has died at his Canberra home:

Best-selling Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay has died at the age of 79, his family has confirmed.

The South African-born Courtenay, who moved to Australia in the 1950s, had been suffering from stomach cancer.

He died yesterday at 11:00pm at his home in Canberra.

Courtenay was best known for The Power of One, his novel about a child’s journey to adulthood under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

The book, published in 1989, sold more than 8 million copies and was translated into 18 languages as well as being made into a Hollywood film.


UPDATE 23/11/12 12:54: Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has lead the obits:


UPDATE 23/11/12 14:21: The UC Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker has delivered a eulogy and directed attention to Bryce’s occasional address on being awarded an honorary doctorate:


UPDATE 23/11/12 17:42: Chief Minister Gallagher’s tribute is now up

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has acknowledged the life and contribution of Bryce Courtenay as an outstanding Australian and Canberran, upon hearing of his death today at aged 79.

“Bryce Courtenay was a gentle but great man, who was not only an exceptional novelist and Australian, but also a great friend and supporter of Canberra,” the Chief Minister said.

“A significant contributor to our community, Mr Courtenay was a keynote speaker at the ACTs first Older Persons Assembly, was an ACT Australia Day Ambassador 2012, as well as taking an active role in promoting our city for its upcoming centenary year.

“Mr Courtenay will be fondly remembered for his extraordinary contribution to Australia’s and indeed the world’s literary landscape. In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr Courtenay received many awards both in Australia and overseas.

“Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this difficult time,” the Chief Minister concluded.


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7 Responses to Vale Bryce Courtenay
#1
milkman7:38 pm, 23 Nov 12

How sad. I knew he was unwell, but it’s still a shock. Condolences to his family.

#2
andym9:09 pm, 24 Nov 12

Wow only one post for Bryce, even Canoe Polo managed three at last count.
RIP Bryce – I liked your books, except Sylvia.

#3
Masquara9:20 am, 25 Nov 12

Shane Rattenbury – do please get your Green back for a moment and put out a condolence and thank Courtenay for his environmental consideration. He promised on ABC to be buried in a cardboard box with a eucalyptus tree planted over him. Wonderful man. He was still imparting wisdom to fellow writers in a masterclass only a few weeks before he died.

#4
Spykler10:28 am, 25 Nov 12

andym said :

Wow only one post for Bryce, even Canoe Polo managed three at last count.
RIP Bryce – I liked your books, except Sylvia.

Totally agree, one post (now two) for one of our most famous residents and a world-famous author?

#5
johnboy10:37 am, 25 Nov 12

Comments reflect controversy, not popularity.

Enough of that idiotic comparison.

#6
Mr Evil11:51 am, 25 Nov 12

Spykler said :

andym said :

Wow only one post for Bryce, even Canoe Polo managed three at last count.
RIP Bryce – I liked your books, except Sylvia.

Totally agree, one post (now two) for one of our most famous residents and a world-famous author?

Maybe it’s because nobody cares.

#7
eyeLikeCarrots9:59 am, 26 Nov 12

Sad Face

I heard Bryce talking on the radio just before the masterclass thisng. I’ve never read one of his books but as I listened to him talk I was floored by the realism and acceptance he had for the end of his life. He wasn’t scared of what was going to happen and that made me just stop and think. I can’t say it was some life changing moment but I did feel a great sense of admiration.

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